Bio: Born to a working-class Mid Western family where art was the furthest thing from our lives, it wasn't until I was in my forties that I found myself devoting time to study drawing and painting. I was immediately swept away as if trying to make up for lost time and have been possessed ever since. Having a chance to play with encaustics as a medium in 2005 solidified my voice and passion as an artist.
My subjects have varied as I notice the things that bring me joy in my life. Currently living in the Mission neighborhood, I am drawn to the flourish and indifference of the birds of San Francisco, with its endless cover of wires for perching. My preoccupation with their lives endlessly entertains me. My work around this subject mixes sunny fabrics and dark carbon transfers of drawings or photographs, and sometimes nostalgic elements of collage or pigment.
I make this art because it helps me feel alive. And reminds me to look up.
dk haas June, 2012